Acacia trees are not hard to find in the Philippines. You see them standing along the roads and on uncultivated land. The wood of the acacia is a non-indigenous hardwood. Beautiful, with a broad colour spectrum of warm to light segments. It is sustainable: it grows fast (the trees reach their full height in sixteen years) and for every tree that is cut down another one is planted. Planting the trees is regarded as an investment which yields a profit after a number of years when the wood is sold. The chopping of the trees, the trading and the processing is controlled by the government by means of certification. In some parts of the city permits to cut down trees are not granted.
Mahogany is not indigenous to the Philippines, but it grows well on plantations. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government. The wood has a red brown colour with a fine grain and it can be easily processed. After some time the product becomes slightly darker under the influence of light. Rubbing the wood from time to time with a cloth with a drop of food-safe oil keeps the product in fine condition.
Gmelina is a fast growing tree which is not indigenous to the Philippines. The wood has a pale yellow colour and has a relatively soft texture. The rather light wood is very strong, compared to its weight. Because of its weight and sustainable character it is perfectly suitable for furniture, instruments and for use in construction. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government.
The Tamarind tree grows alongside roads and in gardens and it is often planted for culinary purposes. The leaves and the ripe fruit are chiefly used as flavouring in meals. They are also used as medicine. The trees are only cut down when they are old and can no longer be used for these purposes. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government. The wood is very strong and has distinct dark grains. The local population often uses the wood as a chopping board.
Rubbing the products from time to time with a cloth with a drop of food-safe oil gives them a beautiful shine.
Kinta has put together a collection of reclaimed wood. It comes from window frames and other parts of old, demolished typical Philippine houses.
This hard wood can be older than a hundred years and it has been selected for its reddish character. As a consequence the colours of the wood show a great variety. Sometimes there are holes caused by nails that been removed. They symbolize the soul of the wood.
All the products in Kinta’s wood collection are a typical combination of design and handicraft, socalled designed handicraft. For Kinta everything is made by hand, on a basis of specially designed patterns. Nothing is conveyor belt work. They are the result of traditional handicraft and are made by experienced professionals in a small carpentry workshop on the Philippines. The workplace is a healthy and creative space, where everyone earns a decent and fair salary.
For the development of new wood products Kinta has already for years been working closely together with small scale family businesses on the Philippines. They are well organised small businesses, with experienced workers who work in usually heathy, creative and pleasant surroundings. They always get a fair salary.
Kinta’s wood collections consist of various living and table accessories, such as stools, candle holders, bowls, plates and chopping boards. When we design them, we always aim for the limits of the material. In some cases this results in roughly carved or natural shapes. And then again in a finish with wood stain, matte or shiny varnish. Usually in plain colour shades. Sometimes the wood is combined with recycled rubber or with glass.
For wooden candle holders the safety advice for the burning of candles applies:
Wooden products are somewhat sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Using them in a too dry atmosphere can cause warping or breaking of the wood. An atmosphere which is too damp isn’t right either. A relative humidity between 50 and 70% is ideal.
All table accessories are finished with a food-safe varnish. The products can be washed in lukewarm soapy water, but they are not dishwasher safe. Do not let them soak in water. If the varnish is worn off, we recommend wiping the product with a cloth dipped in a little walnut or salad oil from time to time. To prevent dehydration never expose the wood to direct sunlight or store near heating units. The wooden planks are hard enough to serve as a chopping board and soft enough to keep the knife sharp. Scratches caused by knives are unavoidable, though.
Each piece of furniture is fully sanded when it is delivered. You only need to choose which look you prefer by deciding on how you want to finish it. If you wish to keep it plain, you may choose to clean it by applying soap flakes once in a while. You can treat it with a special oil for hard wood – with or without pigment. You can also use furniture wax. Apart from giving a darker look it also provides a surface which is resistant against dirt and food residue.